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It’s no secret that Kenya Moore has big dreams of becoming a mom someday. And according to a recent blog post, she’s hoping to conceive in the very near future. With whom she’s looking to go half on a baby with is a completely different story.
“I underwent fibroid surgery early this year and it was very successful,” Moore gushed in the blog post. “Thanks to my amazing doctor and my many blessings, physically, I’m in amazing condition for pregnancy. I hope to share some great news soon.”
During Sunday night’s episode, fans witnessed the former pageant queen’s eagerness to conceive first hand when she invited a few of the Housewives to a Shaman cleansing, which is believed to assist with fertility.
“You never know how your blessings will come or from whom,” she explained. “The Shamans have been known to bless many women with children after their spiritual cleansing. I brought the women who had been supportive of me in my endeavor to have a family.”
Kenya then went on to express why she chose to exclude some of the cast from the ceremony.
“I excluded Phaedra who cold heartedly remarked about me having ‘scrambled eggs’ and Porsha for consistently taunting me about the men in my life, which leads to a family.”
“With that said, I now see that NeNe’s snide remarks made me regret inviting her,” adds the 43-year-old reality star. “I’ve been more than generous with her, but I am too fed up with her to see any good in her. This was my honest attempt at revealing more of who I am and what my real struggles have been.”
Despite her displeasure with NeNe’s response to the ceremony, she says that it wasn’t a complete waste, as she was able to connect with some of the other ladies.
“I’m thankful that they all were able to share their stories on motherhood allowing us to understand each other more. It truly inspired me.”
Good luck, Kenya!
Sex: We all like to believe that there are signs that can guarantee that we’ll get some and the getting will be good. I thought sex stereotypes for most people died in their undergrad dorms, but apparently there are still fully functional adults that believe race and gender somehow place you at an advantage or disadvantage when it comes to what you’re working with in bed.
At one point or another, I’m sure you’ve overheard someone make some generalization on sex based on one or two experiences they’ve had, or more likely, what someone else has told them, but in all honesty they usually just don’t apply. Take a look at some common sex stereotypes people like to throw around that have no factual basis whatsoever:
‘My Eggs Are Like The Thing Indiana Jones Finds In The Temple Of Doom:’ Gabrielle Union Talks Reproductive Concerns
Being Mary Jane actress Gabrielle Union has made it clear that she wants children. On several occasions, the 41-year-old beauty has expressed her desire to be mother; however, the timeline regarding when she plans to make it up seems to switch up every so often. As of this past July, Gabby says she’ll be ready to be a mom in a couple of years.
“I always knew I was going to wait really long, and I followed the Halle Berry example, and I think in the next couple of years, if I’m lucky, I will make that a reality, hopefully. I think with the career, the industry that we’re in, it’s not taboo to be an older mom. You’re not alone. There’s such a huge support to start a family a little bit older and it’s okay! My friends from home, they all started in their 20s and that’s awesome, too. There’s give and takes. I knew, for me, I wasn’t going to be the kind of parent I would want to be. I would be way too selfish and resent having to miss out on things. Now, I’m in a place where I’m happy and still wanting adventure, but I want part of that adventure to include a child.”
Unfortunately, the reality is that women are not physically capable of having children forever. Gabby addressed those concerns during a Google Hangout session with ESSENCE.
“I don’t know if by now its [having kids] a matter of ‘want,’”Gabby said.
She went on to say that at this point, she’ll be content with having one child, as she’s unsure if her body is capable of having more than one.
“My eggs are like the thing Indiana Jones finds in the Temple of Doom so I don’t know how many my body can physically have. I’d be happy with one if that’s what God blesses me with it,” she continued.
We can totally dig her positive outlook.
One of the most beautiful and rewarding things about being a woman is the ability to have a baby – to feel life grow from within and bring a baby into this world to care for and love. So when you struggle to conceive, imagine the heartache and frustration one must feel. According to Redbook magazine, one in eight women in the U.S. will suffer from infertility, and black women are 1.5 times more likely to experience infertility. This is a heart-wrenching experience that hits home for me and many other woman, including celebrities. They ride the same emotional rollercoaster of fertility treatments – from metformin and Glucophage to IVF in an attempt to conceive. Let’s look at 15 starlettes who’ve dealt with this issue firsthand, fearlessly opening up to the public.
Singer Mariah Carey miscarried and quickly sought treatment for infertility. Carey went on progesterone every month, even through the first 10 weeks of her pregnancy. This treatment helped reduce the risk of miscarriage by half, and eventually she welcomed twins Roc and Roe in 2011 .
“In our society, the woman carries the burden of trying to determine the issues surrounding infertility. Men don’t say, ‘Let me go to the urologist and give a semen sample.’”Now men can do the analysis themselves in a much cheaper and more private way with the at-home test which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is found to be 98% accurate. The analysis will show whether one’s sperm count appears to be normal by scrutinizing a particular protein found only in the head of mature sperm. A reading of 20 million or more sperm per ml indicates a normal level, anything lower means a man should seek a physician.
“This at-home test was created to meet the needs of couples who are considering and just planning on starting a family, those currently having trouble conceiving, and even those men who are just curious about their sperm count.”Do you think this at-home test will help men think more about their fertility when it comes to trying to conceive? Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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If you are planning on having a little one this year and you want your baby to have that “special” birthdate of 11-11-11, experts say you need to get to work on that right now. According to Dr. Jamie Grifo in a Time Magazine article, if couples conceive within the next two weeks, they have the best shot at getting a baby born on 11-11-11. February 18 in particular is the best conception date (assuming a normal 28-day cycle for the mom-to-be).
Would you or have ever thought about timing conception to get a particular birthdate?
Sexual health includes a whole lot more than condom use and annual pap smears. It is a compilation of physical health, responsibility and values, as well as knowledge of emotional attitudes and assessment of behavior. Most importantly, sexual health is something that should be maintained way before you get in between the sheets. Don’t know where to start? Here’s some help: